About Jerold Rothkoff

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

The Value of Gratitude

By Jerold E. Rothkoff Recently, my daughter, age 22, witnessed me writing thank you notes that I usually write on an average weekend. She innocently asked why I write the thank you notes. I have been handwriting thank you notes for over 15 years to clients, their caregiver loved ones, referral sources, and professional friends. I probably write between 8-12 thank you notes each week. I explained to my daughter the importance of showing gratitude. People value being thought of, and a handwritten thank you note shows their gesture [...]

By |2020-08-06T11:12:02-04:00August 6th, 2020|Article|

Does Medicare Pay for Nursing Home Care?

Many people are under the misperception that Medicare will pay for nursing home care. Medicare, the federally funded health insurance received upon attaining 65 years of age, will only pay for skilled nursing care under certain circumstances and then only for a limited period of time. When you have been discharged from a hospital stay of at least three days to a Medicare-approved skilled nursing facility, and if you require “skilled” care for treatment of the condition for which you were hospitalized, Medicare will pay 100% of the cost [...]

By |2020-07-28T10:57:44-04:00July 28th, 2020|Blog, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Home|

Rothkoff Law Group Continues to be an Educational Resource

For over fifteen years, Rothkoff Law Group has been an innovator in providing educational opportunities for both consumers and long-term care professionals regarding elder care law issues.  Although we still cannot conduct in-person education seminars, in some ways, our education outreach is greater than ever before. We continue being a resource through virtual platforms, including networking opportunities for our professional partners, private client only platforms, and  webinars performed by our experienced elder care law team, as well as expert guest panelists and speakers. Our goal has been to address [...]

By |2020-06-22T14:41:14-04:00June 8th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

CMS Issues Guidance on Reopening Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidelines on reopening nursing homes on Monday, May 18, with parameters around testing requirements and visitation — while emphasizing that nursing facilities will be among the last institutions that can safely reopen as the U.S. takes tentative steps toward moving out of COVID-19-induced lockdowns. CMS announced that states have flexibility on deciding how the criteria in the guidelines should be implemented, given the various ways the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting different communities.  Please note, these guidelines apply to reopening nursing [...]

By |2020-06-22T14:53:31-04:00May 26th, 2020|Blog, Nursing Home|

Apply for the New Coronavirus Commission

If you would like your voice heard about the future of nursing home care, here is your opportunity.  Nominations are now being accepted for the Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes.  You can nominate yourself or encourage others to nominate themselves.  President Trump announced the Commission on April 30th.   Its focus is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the nursing home response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provide independent recommendations to help inform immediate and future responses to COVID-19 in nursing homes. Nominees to the commission [...]

By |2020-06-22T15:01:43-04:00May 18th, 2020|Blog, Nursing Home|

What should you do if a stimulus check was issued to a dead person?

The IRS has made some mistakes with the COVID-19 stimulus check program, and now Uncle Sam is asking for his money back. Ever since the CARES Act passed and promised coronavirus relief payments of up to $1,200 per adult to millions of Americans, people have had questions — from who is eligible and who gets paid first, to how do you track your stimulus check, and what do you do if the payment is the wrong amount or was sent to the wrong bank account. On May 6, 2020, [...]

By |2020-05-11T15:40:54-04:00May 11th, 2020|Blog, Law Update|

Recap of COVID-19 Virtual Panel Presentation

In these uncertain times, Rothkoff Law Group recognizes that the need for healthcare advocacy has become paramount. Our professional partners continue to advocate and set expectations for families and residents. Their need for accurate information, sharing best practices, and supporting one another has never been greater than during this fluid situation. Due to this need, on Thursday, April 30, 2020, Rothkoff Law Group sponsored a virtual panel on COVID-19 healthcare issues.  Jerry Rothkoff moderated a panel which consisted of Jeffrey DeFrehn, of Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association, Jennifer Hertzog, of [...]

By |2020-05-04T14:07:29-04:00May 4th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

Book Review: On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear, by Lynn Casteel Harper

With the stay at home order still in place for the near future in most states, consider reading a new book examining the value of life lived with dementia published on April 14, 2020.    An Amazon review states “In an American society where an individual’s “value” is often measured by what they can do or generate, Lynn Casteel Harper offers a counterpoint to what it means to be of “value” in, of, and to the world. Through her personal stories and experiences as well as research and discussion with [...]

By |2020-04-27T08:33:28-04:00April 27th, 2020|Around the Office, Blog|

Coronavirus Stimulus Checks: Everything you need to know to receive the funds

The first wave of coronavirus stimulus payments of up to $1,200 apiece are on their way, arriving in bank accounts through set up direct deposit with the IRS.  Up to 150 million US residents may qualify for a payment. If you haven't yet received your one-time payment and haven't set up electronic funds transfer with the government, setting up direct deposit may help you get your money faster. Otherwise, you can expect a paper check in the mail. Is the money yours, free and clear? Yes. You don't have [...]

By |2020-04-20T18:50:27-04:00April 20th, 2020|Aging, Blog, Law Update, Medicaid|

What lessons have been learned thus far about nursing home operations during the COVID-19 crisis?

All nursing homes, throughout NJ and PA, as well as around the country, by March 15, 2020, placed restrictions on family visitation except for compassionate reasons, such as pending death.  However, what has become clearer by the day, such visitation restrictions have not prevented the spread of COVID-19 within nursing homes.  Why? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for March 18, 2020 may provide part of the answer.  The CDC investigated the spread of COVID-19 at the Life Care Center at Kirkland [...]

By |2020-04-13T10:03:02-04:00April 13th, 2020|Blog, Nursing Home|

We Love (Virtual) Hugs

As of this writing, March 21, 2020, due to COVID-19, both New Jersey and Pennsylvania have stay at home orders in place. Additionally, each state has ordered “non-essential” businesses to close, requiring all “non-essential” businesses to work remotely. As much as I feel our elder care law services are essential, we are abiding by all local, state, and federal guidelines and orders. I hope, as we all do, that when you are reading this, the situation will have dramatically improved, and we can all return to our normal lives. [...]

By |2020-04-10T14:44:55-04:00April 10th, 2020|Article|

Update on COVID-19 Related Policy Changes or Medicare Changes

Under the CARES Act signed into law on March 27, the Medicare related provisions of the bill include: Significant expansion of telehealth services that can substitute for certain visits that usually require in-person visits with health care providers, such as remote patient monitoring for home health services, hospice recertification, and nephrologist visits for those using home dialysis; Allowing physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other professionals to order home health services for beneficiaries; Waiving the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) 3-hour rule, which requires that a beneficiary be expected to participate [...]

By |2020-04-06T08:59:19-04:00April 6th, 2020|Blog, Medicaid|

Federal Court Orders Appeal Rights on “Observation Status” Issue for Certain Medicare Hospital Patients

Medicare beneficiaries who have been denied coverage for nursing home stays because their time in the hospital was changed from “inpatient” to “observation care” can now appeal to Medicare for reimbursement, a federal judge in Hartford, Conn., ruled last week. The decision opens the door to medically necessary services in skilled nursing facilities that Medicare beneficiaries might otherwise have to forgo because they cannot afford to pay for it themselves. The distinction between being labeled a hospital “inpatient” versus being placed on observation status is important because Medicare only [...]

By |2020-03-30T14:25:00-04:00March 30th, 2020|Blog, Medicare|

Making Connections at a Local Cafe

I have previously described my experience three years ago visiting the groundbreaking concept known as a “dementia village” in the Netherlands.  Another wonderful concept introduced in the Netherlands in 1997 is the “Memory Café”.  The Memory Cafe offers social activities for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia — and their caregivers. Activities include art, music, poetry, presentations and social interaction. While a Memory Cafe is beneficial for those living with dementia, it is also beneficial for their caregivers as well. It is not a place to “drop off” your [...]

By |2020-02-21T09:24:06-05:00February 17th, 2020|Blog, Family|

The New Medicare Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM): What Does It Mean for Nursing Home Residents?

As an advocate for nursing home residents, Rothkoff Law Group strives to educate our clients, their families and consumers about regulatory changes that may affect the care their loved ones receive.   In October 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new payment model for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM).  PDPM is described by CMS as a patient-driven care model  that focuses on the diagnoses and characteristics of the patient rather than the services, including the therapy services, provided to them. The [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:23:01-05:00February 3rd, 2020|Blog, Medicare, Nursing Home|
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